As the survivors and their families begin to walk, the balloons they hold shine amidst the crowd. Each balloon is filled with light. Starting in late September and into November, these balloons light up the night.
The Light the Night Walk is an amazing opportunity to help fight blood cancers. Run by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), it funds treatments that help save lives every day. The proceeds raised by the charity provide patient support services, advocacy for lifesaving treatments and promising cancer research.
Nearly 200 communities across North America, in both the U.S. and Canada, gather for one evening in the fall to support those as they battle cancer. According to the LLS, doctors diagnose more than 47,000 cases of leukemia a year in North America, and nearly 700,000 people were either living with lymphoma or in remission in 2012.
When people show up for the event, they are often given an illuminated balloon to carry with them. The sight of these stretching along a walk route can be truly inspirational. The balloons are different colors for different participants: white for survivors, red for supporters, and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.
Thousands of people carry balloons to symbolize that their involvement brings light to the dark world of cancer.
For more information, to find a walk in your community, or to create your own team, visit www.lightthenight.org.